Jason Segel, Lily Collins and Jesse Plemons have signed on to star in Windfall, a thriller in the works at Netflix that’s being described as Hitchcockian.
Charlie McDowell, who all three actors have previously worked with – Segel and Plemons on The Discovery, Collins on the upcoming crime drama Gilded Rage – will direct.
Windfall is being described as a modern day noir. It revolves around a young couple who arrive at their vacation home only to find it’s being robbed. Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) and Justin Lader (The One I Love, McDowell’s directorial debut) have written the script, while Segel reportedly helped develop the story alongside the writers.
Calling anything Hitchcockian is usually a marketing ploy above all else, as there’s no way for us to know how exactly this film is reminiscent of the master of suspense. The great cast and Walker and Lader’s involvement are the more enticing aspects of this thus far.
Netflix will be hoping this so-called Hitchockian thriller turns out better than their last attempt, Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca re-jig, which didn’t hold a candle to Hitchcock’s 1940 version of Daphne du Maurier‘s famous novel.
McDowell’s The Discovery was an interesting attempt at a sci-fi film with big themes that didn’t quite come together like twisty thriller The One I Love did, but he’s clearly a filmmaking talent worth watching. Perhaps Windfall can be the film that makes him a bigger name.
Segel was recently seen in AMC anthology series Dispatches From Elsewhere and teary drama Our Friend. Lily Collins was last seen in David Fincher‘s Mank and is currently in post-production on Halo Of Stars. She’s also the lead on Netflix’s Emily In Paris.
Plemons has become one of Hollywood’s favourite actors, recently seen in Judas And The Black Messiah and I’m Thinking Of Ending Things.
He’ll next be seen in Disney adventure Jungle Cruise and delayed horror movie Antlers, before having big roles in Jane Campion‘s The Power Of The Dog and Martin Scorsese‘s Killers Of The Flower Moon.